Seeing

Perhaps the best way to make the point about seeing things with naive eyes is to use a couple of examples.

Stephen Hill1 tells a story about a friend of his who was in Papua New Guinea at the time of the first moon walk. His friend told of a native of the Upper Sepik who had listened to the account of the moon walk on radio in Port Moresby.

In the tradition of the people, he presented a masterful oratory on rockets and space capsules, and on men journeying through the skies to land on the moon that the people could see see above the skyline of their jungle habitat… The orator was heard in complete silence … At the end the people asked him two questions. The first was ‘Why did they go? –– was it for pigs or women?’ The second was ‘Who were they? –– Roman Catholics or Seventh Day Adventists?’